Pop vs Soda: Because we like random facts!

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  1. Rae

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    I've always known as the tasty beverage of Pepsi Cola as being "soda." But, I've also heard folks calling it "soda pop" in the southern states, and "pop" when serving it warm. Not sure how much truth there is to it though.....
     
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    It is soda. I have attached a link showing a can of Vernors. It is one of, if not the oldest surviving soft drinks in America. On their can they have the slogan "The Original Ginger Soda". They invented the soft drink. They call it soda. It is soda.

    File:Vernors GingerSoda.jpg - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Now, I live in Michigan but I did not grow up here. Everyone and their brother call the stuff 'pop'. I refuse to call anything 'pop', including my father. Therefore, I call any carbonated non-alcoholic drink a 'soft drink' to keep from being ridiculed should I call it by it's correct name, soda.

    On a side note, you know someone is from Michigan if they can drink a Vernors without coughing. Those who have had one know what I am talking about.

    Now there are some southern folks who call any carbonated non-alcoholic drink 'coke' as in; Q "What will you have to drink?" A "A coke, please." Q "What flavor?" But that is a whole 'nother thread. :)

    Cheers!
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  4. am0eba

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    Back East in Boston, where I grew up, it's called "tonic".

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    I grew up in southern VA and always called it "coke", which the map does indicate. There was a time when you could get what was known as a "fountain coke". They would squirt the syrup into a glass and then add soda water. It was the best Coca Cola you ever tasted. The person behind the counter was known as a "soda jerk", which was not derogatory in anyway. That is just what the position was called.

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    As a kid I called it Pop, but when I went to collage I started saying soda. I've found it really just depends on where you live what you call it. Down here in GA I hear soda mostly.
     
  7. Gil-galad

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    The map nailed it for my locale. Even the overhead signs in the grocery store aisles around here read "Pop."

    Having spent a career in the military living on the coasts, somewhere along the line the term "soda" became involuntarily. Upon relocation here to the upper Midwest a few years ago I had to make a conscious, dedicated effort to adopt the local vernacular.
     
  8. Nathan

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    Growing up in the Mid-Atlantic region the vernacular was soda, but then moving to Texas it became "Coke" unless it is for a Dr Pepper. Then again I drink water mostly so it's a moot point for me.

    And don't even get me started on the "bag" or "sack" thing.
     
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    I solved the problem by switching to beer. As they say, a beer by any other name is still a beer. :Thumbsup:

    Jim
     
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    Born and raised in KC, we always called it pop, or coke.....one day a guy came thru town from Jersey and I heard him ask his buddy if he wanted a soda - I had no idea what he was talking about till he walked over to the coke machine....
     
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    So some people say 'coke' even for non-cola soft drinks? Weird.

    And what is it that all those green and purple counties in New Mexico call it?
     
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    Here on the other side of Missouri they refer to it as Soda or "Sodie" (sigh)

    Kind of a culture shock when I moved to St. Louis from Chicago where I had grown up a "Coke" guy.
     
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    I've always called it soda, but then again I usually call the beverage by name so there's no confusion. Coke is Coke, Dr. Pepper is Dr. Pepper etc. Now somebody dig up a map on whether you say "push" the button, or "mash" the button.:D
     
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    My Fiancee is from Washinton State and I'm from SoCal/Nevada (Depending on when). It's always been something I kid her about because she calls it "Pop". Lol. Good stuff.
     
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    and do you stand in line, or stand on line?
     
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    If you are one behind the other, then you are "in" line. If side by side then you're "on" line.

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    I'm "queued up" or "in the queue".
     
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    So......
    How many people want to use the bathroom, only to find out they don't need a bath.

    And.....
    How come there's no ham in my hamburger. Isn't that false advertisement?
     
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    Do vegetarians eat animal crackers?
     
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    We can on with these forever...

    Why do we park on the driveway and drive on a parkway?
     

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